This week is all about one of the new stamp sets (ESN56) by Sara Naumann for PaperArtsy. The set has a really nice fern as a main focal image and a bunch of text/sentiment stamps. It’s one of those sets that you just know you’re going to be able to do so much with, so straight up I thought I'd put the stamps through their paces by creating three different cards.
Bright and Bold
For my first card I wanted to go bright and bold, so I selected a vibrant green and blue liquid watercolour and paired it with some metallics accents.
I started off by applying the watercolour with a sponge, through a stencil, to create the three rectangles. I then added some patches of glue to the edges and adhered some gold leaf flakes before using the background text stamp to add some text in black ink. To finish I stamped the fern on a separate piece of paper and embossed it in Pale Gold WOW embossing powder before fussy cutting the image and applying it to the background with 3D foam pads. I then mounted it on another piece of card that I had inked in Lucky Clover Distress Oxide.
I love creating a vintage feel to my makes. The softer colour palettes that mark out this style are my go to and I often find myself going back to the same colour mediums time and again.
First off I selected three PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints to brayer onto the background, working from the edge to the centre, using a light hand. I started out with Sage and then added Seaglass, before finishing with just a touch of Heavy Cream.
Next I used an embossing dabber to apply ink through PaperArtsy Stencil (PS296) and sprinkled with Sara Naumann’s Sea Salt WOW embossing powder. Once set I stamped The fern image in Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink and added some colour shading using Polychromo pencils in Coral and Nougat. Then I stamped one of the sentiments, cut it into strips and glued in place.
To finish I created a vintage blue mounting mat, by blending a mix of blue and brown ink to the edges of a white piece of card and spraying with water to create a distressed effect. The contrast with the main image draws the eye right in to all the details in the finished piece.
For my final card I decided to use three distinct layers, all stacked on top of each other. This is such a great way of combining different techniques as you can do something totally different on each layer.
Using a brayer I applied Distress Ink in Speckled Egg to the largest piece of white card and set it aside.
I then used a gel plate to create the middle section. I stamped the fern onto the gel plate and added some cream paint before pulling a print. I then added some text stamping on top in Cornflower Blue Archival Ink. For the final layer, I stamped the fern in Seafarer Archival Ink and distressed the edges of the card, before edging in Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I then glued all the layers in place and added some material to the top and bottom of the top layer.
Well this fern stamp set did not disappoint. The delicate text is a gorgeous background element and you can create so many different looks with the main focal image. Even fussy cutting it wasn't too painful! The supply junkie that I am, I’ve always got a wish list of new supplies and a heap of new ideas to try out so, I usually move very quickly on to the next thing. I think in future I definitely need to slow down a bit and take time to experiment with new stamps more.
Would you like to see what you could create with this stamp set? PaperArtsy have very kindly given me a brand new pack of ESN56 to giveaway. Head over to my Instagram page for details of how to enter. The winner will be drawn at random on Saturday 5th February 2022 at 5pm GMT.
Wishing you a happy and creative week